Our house in Zug has a small dining room in that it is open plan with the TV lounge and Living Room and only a freestanding wall separates it from the galley kitchen. But it is definitely the heart of the home, and unfortunately is usually either covered with my projects, the girls’ school projects, set up for meals and if by any small miracle none of the above (like when I took these photos) there is still a good chance that a cat is on it (and it gets covered in fur!).
When we first moved in, I knew that the wall separating the kitchen and dining area could not be left plain, and as there is not enough space for a sideboard, any framed pictures would just get knocked all the time, we opted for wallpapering it. I am still loving the Cole & Sons Woods wallpaper as it is a feature without being overbearing and suits the whole look of the house in terms of black floor tiles, grey walls and ties in well with the black shaded chandelier (from Loads of Living years and years ago) and the black and grey IKEA triangular rug.
The dining room table has changed a few times: from dark wood, to a warm oak, to now my favourite: a grey and white marble one (Interio). And so too have the chairs migrated from simple cream fabric ones to now a mix of white Eames chairs (Teo Jakob) and white wooden ones (Micasa). The former being taken over by the cats as the most comfortable seats in the house.
I am still not sure about a small bench or sideboard up against the window. Half of the window actually opens so I wouldn’t want to block it, but slowly but surely my growing indoor garden is taken over the akward corner – the highlight being my fiddle leaf fig tree I successfully tracked down in Interio and have managed to keep alive for over a year now.
Art has always been a bit awkard in this space, but the two framed sketches of old French towns I bought from Wetherlys many moons ago have done well to add a bit of depth to the space but not being too obvious. Plus, if you don’t look too hard you might actually think it is the Old Town of Zug!
Overall, our dining room works for the space that it is; but I have to say that it is not my dream one but then if pressed I am not really sure what I would do differently? But then all I really need is the cat right?!?